These Are the Best Ski Spots in the U.S.

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The powder is unforgettable at these 10 ski spots in the U.S.

From the towering Alps to the mountains of Chile to the sought-after Japanese peaks, the world is your skiing oyster. With all the luxurious destination ski trips on the market, it’s easy to forget that some of the best skiing is here in America.

This winter, in addition to planning an alpine trek to British Columbia, show the American slopes how much you appreciate them, with a trip out west or a visit to New Mexico. These are 10 of the best ski destinations in America this year.

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Snowmass Village, Colorado

Snowmass is next to Aspen, and offers some of the best skiing around. Check into the Limelight Hotel which offers ski-in/ski-out accommodations.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Skiing or snowboarding the Tetons is on most winter enthusiasts’ bucket lists. If you’re just looking to get your feet wet, Jackson Hole’s Solitude Station offers ski courses for visitors of all ages. And the lodging in Jackson Hole provides every comfort you could hope for at 6,300-feet elevation.

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Olympic Valley, California

Known for playing host to the Winter Olympics in 1960, Olympic Valley is also home to Squaw Valley, which offers the best of Tahoe skiing, with 4,000 acres of ski terrain, 34 chair lifts, and six mountains. They also have an expansive ski-in/ski-out lodge, and all your needs are covered in Olympic Valley, from entertainment to good eats.

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Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

The largest ski resort in New Mexico, Taos Valley is a village with a 9,210-feet base elevation and is home to New Mexico’s tallest mountain, Mount Wheeler. The town has a sleepy European village feel to it and is just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Albuquerque.

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Park City, Utah

Park City is an iconic ski destination—partially because of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort are two of the top choices for skiing and lodging; Park City Mountain Resort is home to 7,300 skiable acres. The Park City community welcomes a combination of transplants and winter sports lovers—skiers and snowboarders feel instantly at home there. 

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Stowe, Vermont

Spending the weekend in Stowe has all the quaint aesthetics of spending a weekend in the Alps. The skiing in Vermont is renown for good reason—Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in the area—as the main street is lined with shops selling locally-crafted products for the less skiing-inclined visitors. For a luxurious spa to retreat to after a day on the slopes, stay at Top Notch Resort and Spa.

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Bend, Oregon

Powder chasers fawn over Mt. Bachelor and its enviable conditions. You have to time it meticulously, but if you’re lucky, you could show up at the peak and be one of the first skiers to touch two feet on powder. In true Oregon fashion, Bend boasts great food, beer, and coffee—the town is home to no less than 22 craft breweries.

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Big Sky, Montana

Not far from Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is a stretch of Rockies in Montana primed for winter sports. From rustic lodges to summit accommodations, they have something for every palette at Big Sky. They offer a whopping 5,850 skiable acres, with 36 lifts, and all on one peak.

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Mount Alyeska, Alaska

On Mount Alyeska, there are more than 1,610 acres to ski with seven lifts, and the area gets 669 inches of snow annually. Part of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, Mount Alyeska is known for its steep North Face, which has “North America’s longest continuous double black run.”

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Telluride, Colorado

This chic Rockies ski town used to be a Victorian mining hub. Mountain Village offers haute cuisine to impress the foodies who want to tuck into a great apres ski meal. The snowy expanse makes for not-too-crowded runs, and you can snowboard, snowshoe, downhill, or cross-country ski here.